Czech Culture & Adaptation

“Wild” Šárka’s story

October 14, 2011
Ctirad and Sarka statue Prague

Photo by Nikola Niposo/

Teaching cultural history though mythological legends

The Czechs don’t believe in sugar-coating history, not even for children. Despite being an overtly skeptical population, when it comes to Czech heritage, legends, mythology and folklore are treated just as seriously, if not more so, than the recorded historical facts. It seems that learning the country’s basic legends is as important part of a Czech child’s scholastic upbringing as mastering proper penmanship. To this point, there are several resonant cultural myths that every respectable Praguer (whether a Czech native or a foreign transplant), is expected to know.

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